British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Wednesday the UK reached deals with Sweden and Finland as Sweden and Finland race to find new means of protection following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, including an expected decision on applying for NATO membership in the coming days.
The declarations will intensify intelligence sharing, accelerate joint military training and allow the UK to collaborate with the two countries and their armed forces, according to to 10 Downing Street.
The UK will also increase military deployments to the two countries so that it can “support the two nations’ armed forces should either face crisis or come under attack.”
Johnson admitted during a press conference in Sweden there is a “separate conversation going on” about Sweden’s NATO membership, but he said the UK will “support whatever course of action Sweden decides to embark upon.”
Johnson also said that regardless of Sweden’s decision, if the country were attacked, “the UK would come to the assistance of Sweden with whatever Sweden requested” due to the new security agreement.
The prime minister signed the agreement with Sweden during his trip to Harpsund, and will sign the deal with Finland when he travels to Helsinki Wednesday afternoon.